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Dermatologists are warning that the henna tattoos, sold everywhere from beachside stands to carnivals to cruise ships, may contain a harmful chemical known as para-phenylenediamine, or PPD. Used to make the temporary tattoos last longer, PPD has been associated with major skin problems including rashes, blistering and even permanent scarring. Henna used for temporary tattoos […]

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Adjective: Nondescript (nahn-di-SKRIPT) Definition: 1. Belonging or appearing to belong to no particular class or kind: not easily described. 2. Lacking distinctive or interesting qualities: dull or drab. Sample sentence: The famous spy was a very quiet, nondescript man that no one could describe even a few minutes after meeting him, which was clearly an […]

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Verb: Upbraid (up-BRAYD) Definition: 1. To criticize severely: find fault with. 2. To reproach severely: scold vehemently. Sample sentence: The foreman made it a point to upbraid any worker who ignored safety rules.

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Finding ways to cook that are clean, efficient and that maintain the nutritional value of foods may seem daunting. Steaming, however, is a simple technique that fits the bill. Vegetables, fish, buns and dumplings can all be steamed, with minimal reduction of nutrient value. You also can try “steam frying”: sauté foods briefly in a […]

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Adjective: Winsome (WIN-sum) Definition: 1. Generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence. 2. Cheerful, lighthearted. Sample sentence: John’s winsome nature made him well-liked in the office and his colleagues often sought him out for a conversation partner.

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We all know we should eat healthy foods, but we also need to cook the healthy way. There are certain cooking methods that are very unhealthy. Here are three cooking methods to avoid. 1. Deep frying traditionally uses unhealthy fats, and reusing cooking oils (or eating foods cooked in oils that have been reheated) can […]

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Noun: Diplopia (dih-PLOH-pee-uh) Definition: A disorder of vision in which two images of a single object are seen because of unequal action of the eye muscles. Sample sentence: Most cases of diplopia go away on their own, but in some instances it can be sign of an aneurysm or other disorder in the brain.

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Rice and whole grains are healthful sources of carbohydrates, providing you choose the right ones. Try adding the following varieties to your table – each provides nutritional benefits as well as flavor and texture. For rice dishes: Experiment with brown, basmati, jasmine and wild rice, all healthier options than traditional white rice. For recipes that […]

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Verb: Arrogate (AIR-uh-gayt) Definition: 1) a: To claim or seize without justification. 1) b: To make undue claims to having 2: To claim on behalf of another Sample sentence: The mayor got in trouble with the city council when he tried to arrogate authority to himself that rightly belonged to the council.

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Want to shed some unwanted pounds, increase your energy and even improve your mental outlook? It’s simpler than you probably think. Just turn off the television and take a walk. Try walking 30 to 45 minutes a day as a way to maintain a healthy body and weight. It is a good idea to take […]

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